Jacqueline Hamilton, commercial director, Carnbrooke
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
I am the commercial director at Carnbrooke in Lisburn, with my focus being on the retail aspect of the business but it is very much a team effort and each department relies on the other. I worked previously in animal health and joined my husband, Jason, at Carnbrooke in 2019 in the development of our retail operation.
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE?
My role centres around the retail aspect of Carnbrooke. This allows me to work with local suppliers and local artisan companies and our farmer producer groups across Northern Ireland. My role also involves working with our amazing retail team at Carnbrooke. This also involves working with our production kitchen team on our new dishes and food offering.
WHEN DID YOU TAKE UP THIS POST?
I took up the role in September 2019, but have been at heart Carnbrooke since my husband Jason and I established the business in 2011, servicing the hotels and restaurants with a range of meats.
WHAT ARE THE BEST/WORST PARTS OF YOUR JOB?
There are so many awesome parts to my job. Being able to support other small, independent and artisan business is up there; our suppliers come from across the province and I love that we can support each other in the supply chain. One of the best parts is getting to develop all the new products from our own kitchen and other artisan suppliers to give the thumbs up to go onto our shelves.
BRIEFLY OUTLINE A TYPICAL DAY
No two days are the same, my days can involve anything from meeting and engaging with our suppliers to looking at new products. I love being on the shop floor and interacting with our fantastic customers, getting to hear their feedback and requirements and ultimately being able to act on these.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE PROUDEST MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE?
One of the proudest moments so far is opening our retail facility in Lisburn which includes our EEC approved factory and production kitchen. It also makes me incredibly proud that throughout these challenging times of Covid, we have been able to stay open and more recently keeping our shelves stocked to provide for the everyday needs of so many of our customers.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING INVOLVED WITH THE LOCAL RETAIL INDUSTRY?
Dealing with some many fantastic local suppliers and customers. In addition, I love working on the development of new food products with our chefs.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO TO UNWIND AWAY FROM WORK?
Under normal circumstances I love being able to put on my heels and go out for dinner to a local restaurant, especially when Carnbrooke supplies so many top hotels and restaurants here. During the summer months, I enjoy spending time at the beach with my dog every weekend. I am a keen water sports enthusiast.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE MAY KNOW
I am a certified PADI Diver, and also the farmer in the house. I have 50 ewes at home which are in lamb and now for the next six weeks will spend most of my evenings out in the lambing shed with help from my two children.